Hurricane Dorian was one the move again Tuesday — albeit a slow one — after parking itself over Grand Bahama Island for more than 12 hours Monday evening into Tuesday morning and relentlessly thrashing the island. A little more than 100 miles away from West Palm Beach, Florida, Dorian crawled northwest at 1 mph.
Millions are under evacuation orders from Georgia to Virginia with all eyes on Dorian, which has weakened to a Category 3 storm, and the track it takes along the southeastern coast of the United States. AccuWeather meteorologists continue to believe that the center of Dorian will remain east of Florida.
But forecasters have concerns that Dorian could parallel the Carolina coast with battering winds, pounding waves and torrential rain and even make a direct strike on the Carolinas. Significant impacts are in store for coastal areas even if landfall is avoided.
The extent of loss of life and devastation in the northern Bahamas will become more clear in the coming days and weeks. Many homes were completely submerged and some people had no place to go.
Exactly when and how fast the hurricane accelerates its northward motion and departs the Bahamas will affect the timing and exact track of the storm over the balance of the week.
Despite Dorian weakening to Category 2 hurricane with 110-mph sustained winds on Tuesday, the storm remains as dangerous as ever, particularly because it’s growing larger in size, its wind field expanding. It should not be taken lightly, forecasters caution.
“Even though Dorian is forecast to gradually lose intensity near the eye, the hurricane will gradually grow in girth in the coming days,” according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.